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Who Benefits From the NREGS- the Rural Poor or the Liquor Barons?

The state of Andhra Pradesh got Rs 6,500 crore in 2009-10 to implement the The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), and will reportedly get Rs 10,000 crore for this financial year. An average rural family, employed under this scheme receives Rs. 6,000/- to 10,00/- a month.

This has had an unintended side effect: a record rise in the consumption of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) among poor rural families, all thanks to the unprecedented sums of money that the scheme placed in their hands.

This was reflected in the record bids made by the politico-realtor lobby for the two-year liquor licences across AP, last week.

In the auction for 6,596 liquor outlets, it was the rural districts like Mahbubnagar and Anantapur — considered backward and from where people migrated for work, but now beneficiaries of NREGS — which witnessed huge jumps from the previous bids.

9 comments:

R. Ramesh said...

bkc sir..how r u? nice to hear after quite a break..thanks for the encouragement..and best wishes always...

Vinod_Sharma said...

Schemes like the NREGS are going to neither empower the uneducated poor nor going to improve the infrastructure in any meaningful manner. Add tot that the siphoning of funds and what you have just shown, once again, the real beneficiaries are the corrupt and the rich.

Indian genius gone horrible wrong.

BK Chowla, said...

Even considering RG was a "political novice", he did say that only only 15 p reach the real beneficiary.Some of these schemas like NREGS are tailor made for corruption

R. Ramesh said...

:)

vineetasdiary said...

Thats disgusting! Distributing funds will not serve the purpose and will only result in such activities. I was so happy when this scheme was introduced and after hearing this, I feel so bad!

R. Ramesh said...

thanks sir:)

Jesson And Rey Ann said...

impressive it's nice to read this blog,,,

R. Ramesh said...

thanks-nanri BKC sir..

R. Ramesh said...

bkc sir...hahahaha:)

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